WATCH: Sheriff Ivey’s Weekly Crime Prevention Tip Discusses Importance of Stopping, Reporting Bullying
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // August 2, 2018
70 percent of school aged kids have witnessed bullying
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With Brevard County students set to return to school in the next 10 days, it’s important to address bullying, its impact on others and when to report it to law enforcement.
Our children are our most precious commodities and we as parents, friends, teachers, and law enforcement must help guide them so they do not become victims of this life-changing problem.
Recent school bullying statistics to demonstrate that 28 percent of our kids in grades six through 12 have experienced bullying.
Sadly, 70 percent of the students have witnessed others being bullied.
Research has found that teaching our kids how to handle or report bullying can be one of the quickest and most effective ways to stop the attacks.
If your child is a victim of bullying advise them to try to stay in a group, never walk home alone and let them know they can always talk to you and their true friends.
It is always important to try and avoid physical confrontation. If possible, advise them to “Be the Bigger Person.”
Never hesitate to contact law enforcement especially if any there is any bodily harm, threats are made, weapons are present, a battery, sexual assault or any other illegal activity occurs.
Bullying occurs in many forms. Historically, bullying occurred on the playground or bus, but today’s bullies can target children 24 hours a day on social media and texting.
It’s easy for bullies to hide behind a screen and keyboard while hurting, embarrassing and causing pain to their intended victims.
As I always say, “It takes a community to protect a community,” let your child know to always report bullying if they see it happening to someone else. Never forget “If you see something, say something.”
Please share this Crime Prevention and Safety information with all of your friends and associates. As always, thank you for your continued support of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and our overall mission to protect our citizens.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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